strafefire (8) - - FEB 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
As far as introductions to beer styles go, the first time I became officially aware of the existence of wheat beer was during a field trip to Antwerp, specifically visiting an Argentinian steakhouse in the city.
Being first year geography students who had been on a coach driving from Bangor in North Wales to Antwerp all day, we were hungry, shy, self conscious and, perhaps unsurprisingly ready for beer. Hoegaarden is personally responsible for a drunken 3am phone call to my dear mum from one of my friends, demanding that I personally come too reception and open the front door. Woops, wrong number...
Fast forward two weeks from this incident, and after a week of drinking the white nectar by the firkin, I discover that exists several variants of wheat beer, including a large supply of German examples of hefenweizen in the nearby tesco’s.
Erdinger holds pride of place as the first example of German wheat beer I ever tried, and frankly have never looked back since.
Pouring a beautiful off cream approaching a slightly golden hue, Erdinger produces a mighty head which shakes hands with the nostrils on first sip, and absolutely sticks around fr the party.
Banana bread, slight hint of cloves, and a subtle but wonderful waft of sweet weetabix, Erdinger is not particularly forthcoming in its nasal charms (not exactly surprising given the fifteen foot of mousse floating on top), however the taste buds start atinglin’ once the volatiles finally punch through.
In the tasting, again the suggestion of cloves banana bread comes through, backed by a ever so slightly citric acidity and a rich, malty sweetness similar to Horlicks. It is a flavour profile I can only describe as the equivalent to a beer version of a cup of Ovaltine, giving a rich satisfying feeling of well being, while at the same time extremely thirst quenching. Essentially a smile in a pint glass.
On the palette, Erdinger has just the right balance between creamy richness and fizzy refreshment to give that fabulous thirst quenching characteristic wheat beers pull off with such ease and grace. One word to the wise however, the slice of orange is not particularly recommended in weizens...the Belgian examples might have adjuncts that work well with the citrus, but the Teutonic example works best alone.
brewerale (66) - - MAY 2, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amarela turva com boa formação de espuma de média duração. Aroma e sabor com notas frutadas, banana, cravo e quase nada de lúpulo. Corpo leve com final médio e frutado. Boa breja, minha história com cervejas especiais começou "aqui".
weordie (231) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - MAY 2, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy orange with a medium white head that doesn’t last as long as most hefeweizen. Aroma of banana milkshake. A very sweet, banana milkshake type taste also. Not the best hefeweizen but nice.
kamillozo (35) - POLAND - MAY 2, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Butelka. Barwa złota, opalizująca. Mętność na niskim poziomie (osad pozostał zbity na dnie butelki). Piana obfita, śnieżnobiała, trwała, zdobi szkło.
Aromat nikły, głównie zbożowy, estry ledwie wyczuwalne a fenoli brakuje kompletnie. Smak również zbożowy, pszeniczny ale nic poza tym. Goryczka niska. Aromat i smak pozbawione są typowych dla stylu nut goździkowych i bananowych. Kwasowość również niska. Rześkość temu piwu nadaje jedynie wysokie nasycenie.
BiraSevdasi (10) - TURKEY - MAY 1, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Comparing to other German Hefe-Weissbiers, Erdinger is little bit disappointing for me. It pours a white thick head with cloudy yellow color.
Smell: Quite yeasty and citrus with the hints of banana and clove.
Taste: Not so good, and it is highly acidic for me. Aromas of banana, clove, and citrus are under pressured by the existence of dominant malty wheat aroma. Finish is weak and short lasting. I prefer Weihenstephaner, Pauline or Schneider to this one, sorry.
tillmac62 (361) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
BBD 6/15. Pours a cloudy golden with just a touch of amber. World class head volume, retention and lacing.
Light nose of banana, clove and yeast.
Light medium body that has a smooth texture. Perfect carbonation with a nice effervescent burst from the middle on.
Like the nose, the flavor profile is weak, but improves considerably as it warms. The key to this beer is consume it near room temperature. It also lacks complexity when cold, but blossoms as it warms and is nicely balanced. Clove is the strongest component, while banana stays in the background. The middle has a touch of bitterness. No sweetness really ever emerges and the finish is a bit dry and tart.
vjohans (189) - SWEDEN - APR 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
earthy, banana, grass, bread, golden, cloudy, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, light body, sticky, soft carbonation, long finish,
laiti (6725) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 25, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
50 cl bottle @ Wasa Line
Aroma is a bit acidic with citrus, yeasty tones and grain. Flavour has citrus, yeasty tones and mellow grassy notes. Somewhat fizzy and vichy-like. Finishes with cardboardy notes. Not that good. Does not feel very fresh.
olio (7248) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
50 cl bottle.
Pours cloudy yellow color with a large head. Herbal aroma, wheat and yeast, maybe some mild toffee. Mild wheat flavor, a bit yeasty, some spices, mild fruity tones also. A bit stuffy and the flavor is a bit cardboard-y, might be a bit old.
high_on_hops (747) - Burlingame, California, USA - APR 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy gold with a foamy head. It has a mild aroma of wheat and light malt, with a similar flavor that is wheaty up front with a dry finish and slightly sweet aftertaste over a light body.
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Justin666 (9) - - APR 22, 2015 does not count
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This wheat beer doesn?t have the flavour and personality I?ve grown accustomed to for this style of beer. It tastes somewhat more in the range of a regular pilsner to me, as someone else stated. It also seemed a little watery for me. Not very pleasant to drink.